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First Day in Larantuka

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Not really the first day, but since we arrived at the night before, so it’s not totally wrong to call it as our first day. Our first day in Larantuka was cloudy, literally, which was good for us who wanted to wander around walking to see what’s nearby. Our hotel was located not far from the pilgrimage site of Semanta Senta, such as Mater Delarosa statue as well as Apostles’ sites. The site was also right next to the sea. So beautiful. What caught our attention then was a signboard of Palace of Larantuka King.


Mater Delarosa Statue



I did not know that such a palace exists in that city. Feeling curious, and expecting that it’s a tourism object that was free to visit by any tourist, we came to the building. The shape of the building was not attention grabbing, since it’s quite the same with the other neighboring buildings. What made it different was the cannon replica in front of the house, a Jesus statue, and noticeably large front yard.



There was a guy there, he greeted us and let us enter the palace. Apparently, it was not a regular tourism object. The descendants of the King was still living there. Entering the palace, we saw there was an altar and some condolences flower bouquet. Apparently, the first daughter of the very last King of Larantuka passed away few weeks prior our arrival.

The existence of the kingdom had been nullified since the integration of the region of Larantuka to Republic of Indonesia.

We were welcomed and received by the grand-daughter of the last king of Larantuka as well as her husband. They were very nice, told the story about history of kingdom of Larantuka, and also provided us with snacks and tea. He also told us that in the night, there would be a corpus christi procession in that town, and one of the stops would be in front of the palace. We’re so excited knowing that we would see a very interesting event shortly after arriving in the city.



Another agenda for that day was to find accommodation for the rest of our stay in the town. Google Maps provided little to none help for giving the landmark position. An offline map that we obtained from somewhere also gave wrong information. We walked around 1 km to the west to find a particular building, but apparently it was located  only 50 meters in the east of our hotel. Nice! *sarcasm*

In the afternoon, we also spent some time to visit my mother’s friend, Bu Ummi, in Larantuka. She and 3 or 4 of her friends gathered at her house at that time. It’s so nice of her, that we were served with Es Palubutung, Jagung Titi, and some of the other snacks. She, also her friends, also accompanied and delivered us, using pick up truck, to several accommodation options that she had identified.

We were like visiting from one corner of the city to another corner, to see the accommodation options. There was a kost which located in a very condensed area. When we arrived, a bunch of kids came and surrounding us. I know, not us, it must be for the foreign friends :p.

At night, we went to see the Corpus Christi procession. We got different information about what time the procession would be started. Some said that it would start at 6pm, some said 6.30pm, and others said 7pm. What we knew for sure that the procession would start from Cathedral, and end also in Cathedral.

Since the mid-day, citizens that lived in the road where the procession began to prepare for the event. The most noticeable ones were the altars for the stops as well as the bamboo fence that they put along the road. The bamboo fence was acted as the holder for candles.

Finally the procession started at around 7 pm. The parade which was involving dozens of priests, nuns, as wells hundreds of pilgrims began to move from Cathedral. They spelled the praying chant while walking. Few of them brought bells and rang them. Few of them brought along the candles with them. If the candles on the fences on the sideways were off because of the wind, they would light up them again with the candle that they brought. I do think that it’s really majestic.

They marched 1 kilometer long to the road in the west side of the cathedral, and stopped at the dedicated points. One of the stopping points was St. Philippus Chapel, right in front of Kopernik Office in Larantuka.

After watching the commencement of the march near cathedral, we ran to the Kopernik Office using a shortcut path. We needed to be ahead of the parade and arrived earlier in Kopernik office to accompany Ka Teresa and Ka Yan – Kopernik staffs in Larantuka. At that event, our office provided free drink and displayed Kopernik products (e.g. solar lights and bright box). Ka Teresa suggested the presence of the foreigners might attract attention :p. And it would also be great moment to see how the procession going from nearby.

And then we arrived at Kopernik office. And apparently, we're way ahead of the Corpus Christi march. Ka Yan and Ka Teresa had prepared the product display. As the replacement of regular candles, they used the solarlight in the altars as well as in front of the chapel.

Stopping in the chapel, the lead priest’s assistant noticed the brightness of the solar light. And then he took initiative to replace the candle that was being used for the lead priest to read the script with the solar light. It’s not very easy to read the script in the night just only relying on the dim light from the candles.


East Flores - Prolog

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Last year, I joined Kopernik, and got a chance to visit East Flores, one of the poorest district in Indonesia.

For me, it's one of the most unique and memorable experience in my life so far. Frankly, it's not easy, but I enjoyed it so much. The next few posts would be containing my story about my trip for the project.

However, I think I need to put a disclaimer here:
the opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and they do not reflect in any way those of the institutions to which he is affiliated, or colleagues whom he was working with.

I don't know, it feels weird though to write about my work in social media. I never did it before, since usually it's related to my client, and privacy is a sacred thing. However, in here I will write about my stakeholder, my most important stakeholder, which is people who live in remote areas. I don't make an NDA with the people in the remote areas as well, so I think that's fine :p

Here is my story.


30 - repost

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Chances are good that it’s not actually your birthday today. But that’s okay, because it’s mine and as such, I get to make a wish. (I post this days after mine actually)

Although there are many things that I want, but I should say that everything is sufficient now.

I’m in a profession I like, with clients I adore, with colleagues that I'm happy working with, in location that I want.I’ve got an amazing family that supports me through all my craziness.
I’ve got great friends who love me for me.I’ve got a roof over my head, and it doesn’t even leak. My refrigerator is full. Life is good. Alhamdulillah.


So, I figure, I’ve got this wish lingering, begging me to use it, and… my life is in happy place right now. Then I remembered, it’s my wish, but that doesn’t mean I have to use it on me.


So, I would send the wish out to the world. I'm gonna try to imitate what's been done by the original author of this post: "if I’d heard of something sad happening somewhere, I’d send my wish to the people in that place. If I knew a friend was going through a rough time, I’d send the wish to them."

Sometimes I was the one in a rough patch and I would allow myself to soak up the wish. Although now I'm in a happy place, but it's a circle of life. It's a wheel of fortune. I know it could get rough some time. But I just need to trust Him.

It was vague, it was open, it didn’t seem too demanding. I didn’t need anything specific, Cars and Gadgets weren’t the cure – the world just needed more good things. I believe that good things happen. A lot.

So, today I am going use my wish, and direct it at you. Yes, you.

I wish for something good to happen for you.
I wish for you to have the courage to ask for what you want.
I wish for you to have the wisdom to accept help when it is offered.
I wish for you to have strength and tenacity to keep reaching for your dreams, even when the odds seem stacked against you.
I wish for you to find happiness and to take pleasure in the fleeting moments, realizing that they are like pennies – when you add them up, they create a wonderful life.


Good things are coming your way.
I wish… I wish for good things to happen.

I'd like to extend the wishes to the people in Syria, Palestine, Iraq, Nigeria. Every time I remember a video of a Syrian kid eating grass because of food supply deficiency, it always breaks my heart. Hundreds thousands of people experience the similar thing. I hope God gives them strength to overcome it all, the root cause of the problems could be fixed really soon. Same wishes to the less fortunate people in Indonesia


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This post is inspired by a blog post by Bree Ervin. I found the post when I tried to find a good sentence to be used as the response for birthday wishes that given to me.

Actually, content-wise, it's good to post this on my birthday, but, nope. I don't post any birthday-related article on my birthday :)

At first, I thought of posting a modified version of her post. On a second thought, I think I'm just gonna copy her article in its entirety and give comments inline, in blue.

So, here it is:

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Chances are good that it’s not actually your birthday today. But that’s okay, because it’s mine and as such, I get to make a wish.

Hey, I read this on my birthday! Spot on!

I’ve already got everything I want. [me? umm, can't really say about this. I'm grateful (I hope so), but there are still many things that I want to get or see, for me or for other people]

I’m in a profession I love, with clients I adore. [checked]

I’ve got an amazing family that supports me through all my craziness. [super checked]

I’ve got great friends who love me for me. [checked checked]

I’ve got a roof over my head, and it doesn’t even leak. My refrigerator is full. Life is good. [checked checked checked. I'm in a happy place right now. Alhamdulillah]


So, I figure, I’ve got this wish lingering, begging me to use it, and… I don’t need anything. [see my response above]. Then I remembered, it’s my wish, but that doesn’t mean I have to use it on me. [hey, I agree]
Remember all those cheesy times you could make a wish – on the first star, at 11:11, on dandelion puffs, and eyelashes? [errrr, I didn't and don't do those things anyway :p]

Well, when I was about 9 or 10 and woke up to the fact that I was a spoiled white girl, [definitely I'm not a white girl] I started using those wishes a little differently. I stopped wishing for more cheap plastic crap or ice cream or candy and I started closing my eyes and wishing with all the passion in me “for something good to happen.”

I would send the wish out to the world. If I’d heard of something sad happening somewhere, I’d send my wish to the people in that place. If I knew a friend was going through a rough time, I’d send the wish to them. [I think for a 10 years old girl doing those prayers, it's pretty mature and kind]

Sometimes I was the one in a rough patch and I would allow myself to soak up the wish. [indeed. Although now I'm in a happy place, but it's a circle of life. It's a wheel of fortune. (Hey, it's like lyric of a song :p.) I know it could get rough some time. But I just need to trust Allah.]

It was vague, it was open, it didn’t seem too demanding. I didn’t need anything specific, Barbies and My Little Ponies weren’t the cure – the world just needed more good things.
The funny thing is – my wish always came true. [okay, it doesn't happen to me of course, haha. Sometimes it comes true, sometime it doesn't]
Because, good things happen. A lot. [can't agree more]

So, today I am going to use my super power, my wish, and direct it at you. Yes, you. [I would like to change 'you' to anyone who needs the wish out there. But the word selection of 'you' pretty much gives a special effect to the readers. Wait, now I know why I love her post. Since I planned to do this kind of post for quite some time, and she executed that in a very excellent way)

I wish for something good to happen for you.
I wish for you to have the courage to ask for what you want.
I wish for you to have the wisdom to accept help when it is offered.
I wish for you to have strength and tenacity to keep reaching for your dreams, even when the odds seem stacked against you.
I wish for you to find happiness and to take pleasure in the fleeting moments, realizing that they are like pennies – when you add them up, they create a wonderful life.

I wish for you to have a day – one whole day – that you can devote just to yourself and your pleasure.
Today, I’m taking mine. I’m cranking my tunes and I’m spending the day in the kitchen cooking. I’m making new foods and revisiting old favorites. And when it’s all prepared, I’m sharing it with a small handful of people I love. [I don't know. I'm still feel a bit guilty everytime I do the self-indulgence thingies. haha. Ok, but definitely I don't cook. But hey, I do share small handful of food to my family, friends, and work-mates :). Ohya, my mom (May Allah bless her) also extends by sharing food to the unfortunate ones]

Today I am all smiles and no stress. [Can't say so. I was trapped in a traffic jam on my birthday, but then again, it's expected since I'm a Jakartan]

Good things are coming your way. I wish that you too can find a day, one day out of a year of days, to take yourself out of the race and just… simmer.
I wish… I wish for good things to happen.

[I'd like to extend the wishes to the people in Syria, Palestine, Iraq, Nigeria. Every time I remember a video of a Syrian kid eating grass because of food supply deficiency, it always breaks my heart. Hundreds thousands of people experience the similar thing. I hope God gives them strength to overcome it all, the root cause of the problems could be fixed really soon. Same wishes to the less fortunate people in Indonesia]

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What I like about her wishes is that it's not always about material things, but also more on the intangible things, like courage, motivation, compassion -- which I think that many people tend to overlook that.


Hello

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No, it's NOT about the Adele's new song. Well, if you don't know, the phenomenal British chanteuse just released a new song few days ago and already broke records here and there. I should say that you should be prepared to listen her songs anytime anywhere, perhaps until to the level that you're very sick of it. That's what happened to me few years ago while her previous album on its peak. Don't get me wrong, I like her songs.

Anyway, go to the main topic.

It's been more than three years since the last time I updated this blog. Yes, THREE YEARS! Well, almost everyone already left their blog and threw it into Bantargebang. In Planet CSUI04, perhaps only Yud1 and Michael who still regularly update their blog. Salute to them.

Most of my writings nowadays are available in my facebook (as travelog) or instagram (as lengthy comments), but I think some of the writings should be written in the blog, so the writings will be more structured in term of content and documentation and can reach broader audience (audience? well, as for my blog's case, it's questionable though).

That's the plan. Yes, this post only acts as a statement of the plan. The implementation and execution of the plan would be in the next posts. Okay, some of you may think that I don't need to write this plan on a dedicated post. However, usually my plan would be automatically stored neatly in the shelves. At least with this post, let's say that this is my commitment statement.

To follow the SMART guideline, I am targeting 3 more posts before the new year. So, if you notice that I don't write any post until the end of November, please remind me! (I hope someone will read this post anyway, lol).

So, see you!


Inisiatif Si Supir Metro Mini

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This blog is revived! After months and years, I finally write on this blog again.
I know you must be happy seeing me back (some of you then flinched by reading this prolog, and then decided to close this page :p)

You know why I back to write in this blog? Oh, perhaps Arya doesnt satisfy with microblog and he wants to post a lengthy post? Not at all. Even when I want to write paragraphs of story of my trip to China last year, I managed to use Facebook’s photo album. LOL. Usually, I use plurk and/or twitter to write. But, writing on this blog again somehow makes me feel nostalgic.

Ok, selanjutnya akan pake Bahasa Indonesia informal ya. *iya, iya, ribet amat loe Ya*
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Seperti biasa, hari Senin kemarin saya naik Metro Mini untuk pergi ke kantor. Naik dari daerah Dapur Susu, Pondok Labu. Bagi yang belum tau, Dapur Susu itu lokasinya masih di Jalan Fatmawati.

Bagi yang engga tau Jalan Fatmawati, coba aja cari di Google Map :p. Engga tau Google Map? Waduh, karunya. Nih, coba klik ini: maps.google.com. you’re welcome.

Namun, ada yang lain di hari itu. Jalanan tampak lebih macet dibandingkan biasanya. Bahkan untuk ukuran hari Senin sekalipun. Biasanya kalo macet, gw inisiatif jalan kaki sendiri sampe jalanan di mana macetnya reda (iya, saya segitu tidak sukanya dengan macet, dan lebih memilih jalan walaupun itu cukup jauh). Untuk kali ini, saya ga mungkin jalan kaki. Perjalanan masih sangat jauh, lagipula kalau saya jalan kaki sampe jalanan lancar, pasti saya ga dapet tempat duduk di bis.

Untunglah, baru sebentar menunggu, ada Metro Mini kosong yang datang. Langsung saya masuk dan duduk di tempat favorit saya. Usut punya usut, kemacetan tersebut disebabkan oleh Metro Mini yang mogok di depan Giant Fatmawati. Jalanan di depan Giant tersebut relatif sempit, sehingga apabila ada mobil yang mogok maka arus lalu lintas akan sangat terganggu.

Supir Metro Mini yang saya naiki, sebut saja Pak Asep, langsung berkomentar, “wadoh, ada yang mogok. Nanti gw dorong dah”. Btw, jangan pikir kalo yang dimaksud Pak Asep dengan dorong itu adalah dorong manual dengan tangan ya. Kalau Metro Mini, dorong itu adalah dengan menggunakan badan Metro Mini-nya. Ya semacam menabrakkan diri lah, tapi tentunya dengan kecepatan yang sangat pelan, sehingga tumbukan yang dihasilkan pun sangat kecil *apaan sih gw?*

Jarak dari Metro Mini yang saya naiki dengan Metro Mini yang mogok tersebut sekitar 50 meter. Jarak yang demikian dekat tersebut rasanya lama sekali dilalui. Biasanya di daerah tersebut ada polentas yang menjaga, tapi hari itu entah mengapa belum terlihat batang hidungnya. 15 menit kemudian, baru tampak seorang polisi bernama Pak Dudung datang. Dia tampak geram melihat Metro Mini yang mogok plus jalanan yang macet parah. *mungkin tiap polantas ada KPI ya, yaitu untuk meredam kemacetan :P* Langsunglah dia menegur supir dari Metro Mini yang mogok tersebut. Tapi ya mau menegur seperti apa pun, masalah juga tidak akan teratasi. Metro Mini yang mogok tetap menghalangi jalanan.

Kebetulan jarak Metro Mini yang saya tumpangi sudah dekat dengan Metro Mini yang mogok. Melihat polisi, Pak Asep langsung berteriak, “Pak, dorong, dorong!”. Si polisi pun langsung menangkap maksud si Asep tersebut, dan segeralah dia masuk Metro Mini, ke belakang kemudi. Dan, Pak Asep langsung beraksi. Dia “menabrakkan” Metro Mini nya ke Metro Mini yang mogok tersebut, lalu mendorongnya sejauh beberapa puluh meter sampai ke jalanan yang ukurannya lebar. Jalanan di belakang kami pun menjadi lebih leluasa.

Ya, mungkin hal tersebut terdengar adalah hal yang biasa. Tetapi, bagi saya itu merupakan hal yang luar biasa. Mengapa? Pak Asep telah menunjukkan setidaknya 3 hal: 1. INISIATIF 2. PEDULI 3. ACTION (tadinya mau nulis aksi, tapi kok yang kebayang di otak saya adalah demo ya? hahaha). Tiga hal tersebut lah yang membedakan Pak Asep dengan supir-supir Metro Mini di depannya. FYI, setidaknya ada 2 atau 3 Metro Mini yang berada di belakang Metro Mini mogok tersebut, tetapi mereka tidak melakukan apa-apa. Pak Asep berbeda, dia sejak tahu ada yang mogok langsung berinisiatif untuk mendorongnya dengan Metro Mini yang dikemudikannya. Pak Asep juga mengatakan, “kasian macet parah gini, mending gue dorong aja. Kayak gini mah gue udah biasa. Dulu pernah ada yang mogok di depan ITC Fatmawati, gue dorong sampe Blok A. Jangankan cuma Metro Mini, Patas aja pernah gue dorong”. Dengerin hal itu, saya jadi takjub sendiri. Ya, mungkin hal itu sederhana. Tetapi bahkan untuk hal sesederhana itu, tidak semua orang dapat, atau mau melakukannya. Yang lebih hebat lagi, Pak Asep juga melakukan dengan tindakan nyata, tidak sebatas ide atau wacana saja.

Saya jadi ingat akan beberapa kejadian sewaktu saya naik Bus Trans Jakarta. Pernah ada 1 atau 2 kali dimana bus yang saya naiki AC-nya bocor sehingga tetesan air AC membasahi kursi di bawahnya. Pastinya kursi tersebut menjadi tidak dapat diduduki oleh penumpang. Penumpang yang baru naik ke bus dan tidak mengetahui kondisi kursi, akan mengira itu kursi kosong, dan langsung mendudukinya. Padahal kursi itu kosong bukannya tanpa alasan, tapi karena basah. Saya pernah terkena “jebakan” seperti itu, dan duduk di kursi basah tersebut. Hal tersebut membuat perasaan saya bercampur aduk antara geram, sedih, dan kecewa. Mengapa tidak ada satupun penumpang yang memberitahukan hal tersebut kepada saya? Kejadian yang sama hampir terulang kepada penumpang-penumpang lain yang naik setelah saya apabila saya tidak berinisiatif untuk memberitahukan mereka. Penumpang lainnya tidak ada yang memberikan peringatan.

Saya pun berinisiatif untuk mencari kertas kosong dari tas saya, lalu menuliskan ‘AWAS BASAH’ di kertas tersebut, kemudian menaruhnya di atas kursi yang basah. Bukan apa-apa, tapi lebih supaya tidak ada korban lainnya seperti saya. Apalagi penumpang lain tidak ada yang mengingatkan juga. Sampai saat ini saya benar-benar bingung akan hal ini. Sebegitu parahkah kondisi penduduk di Jakarta? Jika sesuatu tersebut tidak memberikan keuntungan kepada dirinya, maka hal tersebut tidak perlu dikerjakan. Sebegitu tidak pedulinyakah kita? Tentu tidak semua, dan saya tidak mau melakukan generalisasi akan hal ini. Tetapi tetap saja, faktanya banyak dari kita yang demikian.

Yak, semoga kita bisa menjadi lebih inisiatif, lebih peduli, dan mewujudkannya dengan aksi nyata. Ga usah muluk-muluk di hal yang berat, tapi hal yang sederhana saja dahulu. Okay? :)


One of The Best Movies I've Ever Watched, To Date.

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This movie is more than just good, and even makes me revive this blog from the long hiatus..

I know this movie from twitter. As blitzmegaplex's follower, I'm very much aware that this movie gets so much praise from its viewers, and blitz's account has been retweeting those comments forever.



Yeah, I should admit that I'm quite a TKG person (aka Takut Kalah Gaul, hahaha). And after reading those rave comments, it made me eager to watch that movie.

Some of those comments are:
"Never thought Indian movie is this great!" - Mutia
3idiots simply brought smiles & happy tears altogether :) aal is well!
Idiot is cleverer than it looks
Great story, great casts, total entertainment!
the cynical and introvert me is pretty much fulfilled.
And those comments really describe my favorite type of movie.. *Umm, not exactly.. haha..
Gw udah lupa komen yang mana, dan ga gw catet juga, dan itu udah lama banget.. Jadi ya maaf2 aja.. Dan sekarang tiba2 gw jadi males lagi untuk ngelanjutin postingan ini :P*
But, getting the ticket was not that easy. At first, I wanted to watch it on Thu, but there's no empty seat anymore. Sigh. I was quite unsure whether i should watch on fri or not, since the movie was only being played on PP, which infamous with its high price. But, i just couldnt resist the desire..
The price of hindi movie even more expensive than the regular ones. U should pay 50k on weekedays and 75k on weekend.

Finally, me and my friend agreed to watch on Fri with 75k ticket. We bought it on 14.30 am for 18.40 playing, and we only could get the second row seat. Huee.. I hoped the movie would be really worth it since i had to pay the pricey ticket and quite uncomforable seat's position.
I had a high expectation for that movie. Fortunately, it didnt disappoint. It even exceeded my expectation!! I laughed a lot and cried many many times. I dont know, the movie was just perfect for me at some points. It touched right to the some crucial aspects that i faced at the moment. I think that's why the movie is so into me, and i'm so into it.

I even provoked my mom and brother to watch the movie. My bro even took a special trip from bogor to jkt only to watch the movie. Moreover, both of them managed to get only two seats left, which were on the right-most and front-most. It was guaranteed they would have pain in their neck after watching the 3 hours long movie.
Fortunately, the sacrifice was paid off. They really love the movie. And I'm happy knowing that. :)
For you who havent watch the movie, just watch it. Any over-the-top review doesn't lie.
Aall iz well! :)

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